afghan

An afghan is a knitted or crocheted blanket. You might spend Friday night curled up on the couch under an afghan watching old movies on TV.

Many afghans are made from individual crocheted squares — called "granny squares" — stitched together into one big, multicolored blanket. Other afghans are striped or composed of large blocks of color. The connection of the name afghan with the people or country of Afghanistan is unclear, though some crochet and knitting fans believe that the original afghans, first made in the 1800s, were influenced by multi-colored blankets from that country.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: afghan

1
n
a blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl
2
n
a coat made of sheepskin
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: afghan
1

n a blanket knitted or crocheted in strips or squares; sometimes used as a shawl

Type of:
blanket, cover
bedding that keeps a person warm in bed
2

n a coat made of sheepskin

Synonyms:
sheepskin coat
Type of:
coat
an outer garment that has sleeves and covers the body from shoulder down; worn outdoors
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